Located off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is home to thousands of plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. One of the last areas to be settled by humans, the natural beauty and ecological diversity of Madagascar makes it feel like a country forgotten by time. Madagascar’s extraordinary natural diversity has earned the country the nickname “the eighth continent”. A veneration of ancestry and tradition pervades the national culture, a reverence that is reflected in the country’s architecture, art and social manners.
Best Places to Visit
When to visit
Madagascar has a diverse climate, thanks to its immense size and wide variety of habitats. The north is hot and humid, the east is wetter, and the south is arid. The wettest season is Jan-Mar, with cyclones in February, but outside of these months the best time to visit Madagascar depends on your itinerary.
The central highlands of Madagascar are cold and wet in May-October, but these months are the best time to visit Madagascar’s dry southwest – where temperatures in the summer (Nov-Jan) are unbearably hot. Oct-Dec are great for lemurs – babies are born at this time. Birds breed in Sep-Dec, while humpback whales arrive at Ile St Marie in July and August